Adios, For Now

Over the last two weeks, we have delved deeper into the supply chain of coffee and bananas than I ever thought was possible. The supply chains widely differ even just between these two crops! Nevertheless, it is certainly enlightening to learn about how much a single product, coffee, altered Costa Rican culture to be the…

Going Bananas For Dole!

I was not expecting a banana plantation to look like the one I saw today. Green plants, twice my size, and big leaves enveloped us and filled the land as far as my eyes could see. We visited Dole’s Banana Division in Costa Rica to learn about the process and the supply chain of the…

Need Innovation? ICAFE Has It

I was completely out of my element throughout this engineering-heavy visit! Today, we visited the Instituto del Café (ICAFE), which is a government funded organization with two main focuses: research and development and promoting coffee nationally and internationally. Costa Rica’s coffee production has decreased in recent history due to climate change, fungus, and plant damage…

Foreigners in the Forests

The Cloud Forest in Monteverde is easily one of the most beautiful sights I have ever laid eyes on. Its appeal is not actually from the forest itself, but rather all the fauna and flora it contains. Our tour guide, Sergio, walked us through the path and pointed out plants that smell like cilantro, millipedes…

Conservation, Compost, and Coffee

I have never appreciated sustainable farms more! Today, we toured Life Monteverde, a sustainable farm that houses a wide array of crops and animals. Here, we met with two Tico farmers, Don Guillermo and Jerson, who illustrated life on the farm and how they have implemented their initiatives over the years. Life, in Life Monteverde,…

Winding Up To Monteverde

After four hours of driving up a twisty mountain, we finally made it to Monteverde! On our long, frightening bus ride, we passed through two different areas of Costa Rica: the Pacific coast and the mountain rainforest. I have grown accustomed to the hustle and bustle of Heredia and San Jose, where the streets are…

San José: Where Do We Go From Here?

Early this morning, we left Heredia to visit all the historical monuments and cultural structures San José has to offer. As the capital of Costa Rica, San José naturally has a busier environment, with larger buildings, more foot traffic, and a lot of American fast food options. We were lucky enough to visit the National…

Café: From the Plant to Our Cups

¡Café, café, y más café! Today we were lucky enough to visit Doka and Café Britt, which are both coffee plantations but strikingly different. Although they both produce coffee, each company occupies different stages of the supply chain. Doka Coffee is a family run plantation 1300 meters above sea level, and they focus on the…

Dancing to the Beat of the Culture

What better way to learn about a culture than through activities! Today, Professor Dr. Laura Ramirez taught us about the history and traditions of Costa Rica through storytelling, listening to popular singers, and painting oxcarts. Due to its extensive history, this small country is home to diverse music, food, and even cultures. The geography of…

¡Bienvenido a Heredia!

After today’s exploration in Heredia, I can wholeheartedly say yesterday’s delayed flights and extreme turbulence was completely worth it. Our first day in Costa Rica was filled with adventure and good food, and it has already surpassed my expectations.  Last night, we traveled to the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica to meet our host families,…

Saying Hello to la Pura Vida

Costa Rica is widely known for living the pure life, in more ways than one. Despite being small in size, the country is a leading player in environmental sustainability due to their growing list of initiatives. Costa Rica’s efforts to maintain ecological balance are certainly impressive and set an example for the rest of the…

Meet Plus3 Costa Rica 2019!

Welcome to the Costa Rica Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Professor Ryan Teeter and Brandi Gongaware, Admissions and Recruiting Coordinator, are traveling to the Costa Rica Central Valley, Monteverde, and Tarrazu with 24 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 4th-May 18th. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will…